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The High road to Taos


El Santuario de Chimayo, a place of annual pilgrimage (above):

Truchas Peaks

Truchas known for brotherhhood of light, penitentes, and as the site of filming Milagro Beanfield war.

While in Truchas: visit the Cardona Hine Gallery:

Parish church San Jose de la Gracia at Las Trampas (ca. 1780, above):

 The road to Picuris









Picuris (Bison, not always in residence)                 San Lorenzo mission church

Picuris (above)













San Francisco de Asis, (ca. 1772) Ranchos de Taos (above and below):


Taos pueblo (below):








 Horno at Taos





San Lorenzo de Taos (right)

Deer, Winsor trail near Santa Fe

Cascade and Wildlife near Wheeler Peak





                                                        Hoary Marmot near Wheeler Peak






Traditional Taos adobe with ristra de chiles

The Jemez and Bandelier  














Bandelier National Monument, Santa Clara Pueblo, known for its pottery as well as San Ildefonso: home of Maria Martinez. In nearby Los Alamos, the Bradbury Science Museum offers much more than just "The Gadget." After passing through the Valle Grande, one turns south, passing Jemez soda springs, arriving at the ruins of seventeenth-century San Jose Giusewa Mission.


Cicuye (Pecos)












PECOS: ancient gateway to the Buffalo plains and llano Estacado -- Point of departure for Coronado on his foray to Texas and Kansas



  Other Places to Visit:

Salinas ruins: (Via the Turquoise trail)

Chaco Canyon: (Via Abique and Cuba)


The Ancient Route:

The Ancient Route:

Off of the beaten track -- The route near the ancient native American trade lies parallel to but south of route66 and modern I40:

The coming of the railroad cased the travel route to move to the north because of the easier grade. Route 66 and I 40 followed the railroad grade. Here is the ancient trail probably followed by Coronado (ca.1540) and certainly by Onate (1598) who he inscribed "paso por aqui" at El Morro.









El Moro



National Park service:


Traveling East?

The Santa Fe Trail


Traveling NW?

The Old Spanish Trail   Map:


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